The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 475
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RELIEF TRAINS AND HOSPITALS. 475
although he has probably clothed one thousand people. He would
as soon have stolen as to have taken one of the nice clean shirts
he was giving away. Besides, it never occurred to him.
Mr. J. Martin, one of the refugees at Houston, who passed
through the storm at Galveston all right, save a gash in the head,
a black eye, a mashed nose, and a sprained arm and leg, says
that on the night of the storm he sought shelter in six different
houses. As the last of these houses in turn succumbed to the
force of the hurricane, Mr. Martin was plunged into the dark and
angry waters, amid its splintering ruins. Numerous times, he.said,
falling timbers would knock him unconscious for a few moments,
and after regaining his senses he would be so full of water, so
exhausted and weak from his desperate exertions and loss of
blood, that he felt like giving up all hope and allowing the water
to draw him under and relieve him of his sufferings.
FOR A MOTHER'S LOVE.
He says he saw other' men who were physically stronger
than he do that very thing. Still he would not give up and he
struggled on. "He had no wife or child to live for-there was just
one person in the world whom he fondly loved, and that was his
mother. Every time, he says, that he decided to let himself go
down beneath the water and drown his mother's face would appear
before his vision. Clearly and distinctly he could see the look of
reproach in her eyes at his threatened weakness, and each time
this vision would spur him to greater effort, and he would battle
on until he reached another place of safety.
Finally, when the storm had spent its fury and he crawled
Into a place of safety, he drifted into unconsciousness and remained
in that condition until late Sunday evening. Mr. Martin says
that his mother lives in New York and he knew she was safe, but
says had it not been for the image of her face which constantly
appeared before him he certainly would never have lived to tell
There are no better hearted people in the world than the
Americans, Not a case of genuine suffering or honest and
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/533/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .